Category Archives: 2019 Issues

CALL Membership Committee 2018-2019 Annual Report

During the 2018-2019 year the Membership Committee published updates to the CALL Membership Directory in September 2018, November 2018, and December 2018.

Over this year the Membership Committee also assisted with updating the CALL Listserv email list and updated member information in Wild Apricot.

As per the 2019 Bylaws Amendment, the Committee removed the Associate member category from Wild Apricot prior to the start of the 2019-20 membership renewal period.

CALL Mentorship & Leadership Development Committee (MLDC) 2018-2019 Report

This year the Mentorship & Leadership Development Committee focused on cultivating mentorship through informal brown-bag gatherings, providing support for our members by reviewing program and article submissions (thank you Heidi and Debbie), and welcoming new members at CALL Business Meetings (thank you Mandy and Sally).

We encouraged new members to apply for grants and attend AALL’s CONELL, with two new members attending with grants.  We encourage everyone to visit the MLDC calendar to find upcoming conferences and publishing opportunities, which is designed give members grant ideas (thank you Lyo and Sarah for all of your hard work on this).

Learn more about this year’s informal brown-bag gatherings below!

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CALL Nominations and Elections Committee 2018-2019 Annual Report

Chair: Todd Ito

Members: Scott Burgh, Stephanie Crawford, Konya Moss, Jamie Sommer, and Jamie Stewart

CALL Election

The Committee started seeking nominations for candidates to run for Director, Secretary, and Vice President/President Elect in August 2018 via the CALL listserv and recommendations from the Board and Committee members.

The Committee identified members who would be suitable for these Executive Board positions and asked them to be put on the slate. Continue reading CALL Nominations and Elections Committee 2018-2019 Annual Report

CALL Placement and Recruitment Committee 2018-2019 Annual Report

Committee members: Susan Berg (co-chair), Lucy Robbins (co-chair), Megan Butman, Sarah Reis

2018-2019 Activities

The CALL Placement and Recruitment Committee posted 28 job postings in 2019.

  • The Placement & Recruitment Committee continued the policy of receiving and posting jobs advertisements as they came through the CALL website Job Posting Form.
  • Job postings were added to the Jobs & Careers Job Postings section of the CALL website
  • Job postings were also sent to the CALL listserv.

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CALL Public Relations Committee 2018-2019 Annual Report


Jesse Bowman,


  • Sharon Nelson,
  • Donna Tuke,


  • Lyonette Louis-Jacques
  • Shari Berkowitz Duff
  • Matt Timko
  • Debbie Ginsberg

Social Media Accounts:

February 2019 Business Meeting with Travis McDade

Our February business meeting for 2019 was held at Maggiano’s and was a joint meeting with the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Illinois chapter.

Our SLA guests included David Bender from the Radiological Society of North America (SLA Illinois VP/President-Elect), Daniel Bostrom from RAILS and Leslie LaPlante from Interpublic Group of Companies. Vani Ungapen, AALL Executive Director, was also in attendance and Bridgette Thoma attended as a new member of CALL.There were a total of 74 registered attendees. Continue reading February 2019 Business Meeting with Travis McDade

What is Legal Technological Competency?

Several of the sessions I attended at the ABA TechShow worked to define what technological competency is in the legal field (including law schools) or how it’s approached in law firms, including “Tech Competencies: Past, Present & Future”  to “Can Technology Competency Help You Get a Job?

Other sessions in the Academic Track, “Law School Tech Training on a Shoestring” (presented by Joe Mitzenmacher and Debbie Ginsberg) and the “Technology in Law Schools: A Single Course or Curriculum Integration?”  looked at the work librarians are doing to create “legaltech” training programs for law students within the law school curriculum.

Most of all, I was encouraged to see this topic brought enthusiastic speakers and audiences from a range of backgrounds, not just law school librarians but everyone from firm hiring managers to new law students. The presentations were excellent, but so was the ongoing context provided during the Q&A, so I’ve included my live tweets here that to illustrate this broader conversation at the TechShow.

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CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – January 2019

January 15, 2018

Board Members Present: Joe Mitzenmacher, Jessie Le Mar, Clare Willis, Julie Swanson, Jesse Bowman, Scott Vanderlin, Annie Mentkowski

Board Members Absent: None

Treasurer’s Report (IV):

  1. BMO Harris bank balance as of January 15, 2019: $17,782.27
  2. Net income as of December 3, 2018: $ 57.65
  3. Membership numbers as of January 15, 2019: 217

Significant Action: The Board voted to raise the membership dues to $45.  This increase will take effect at the beginning of the next renewal cycle.


President’s Letter

Dear CALL Colleagues:

This is my fifth and final President’s message to you (including the one bonus message from last year), because during the May CALL business meeting at Petterino’s, I passed the gavel to Jessie LeMar. We can all rest easy knowing that our association (and the gavel) will be in her capable hands for the upcoming year.

I want to take one final opportunity to thank the Board members, committee chairs, and committee members for volunteering their time to make this an eventful and productive CALL year. Here are some of the highlights from 2018-19: Continue reading President’s Letter